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Source: 
History of Allen County, Ohio
And Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Charles C. Miller, Ph. D.
Assisted by
Dr. Samuel A. Baxter
Lima, Ohio
Published by Richmond & Arnold
George Richmond; G. R. Arnold
Chicago, Ill
1906

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
  HOWARD L. KAY, one of the progressive young business men of Spencerville, conducts a large real estate, loan and investment business, with office on Broadway.  Mr. Kay was born at Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois, and is a son of James W. and Adeline (Ellingwood) Kay.
     The father of Mr. Kay was born in Illinois and the mother in Indiana.  They were pioneer in Iroquois County, where they became prosperous farmers, and there the father still lives, advanced in years.  The mother died Feb. 19, 1889.  Their children were: Wendell P., who is master in chancery at Watseka, Illinois; Howard L.; Wilbur Jones, late of the Chicago University, who now fills the chair of public speaking, in the faculty of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington,  Pennsylvania; and Miriam Ruth, who married Ralph Fraser Paine and resides near Paines,
Michigan.
     Howard L. Kay completed the primary school course in his native locality and continued his studies in Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga, Illinois, where he was subsequently graduated.  He then entered Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, as a member of the class of 1897.  In addition to being an excellent man of business, Mr. Kay, from childhood, has possessed musical talent.  This talent has been cultivated and he is an accomplished musician.  His fine tenor voice has been carefully trained under celebrated vocal teachers, both in New York and Chicago.  He has entire charge of the choir of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Spencerville, and the music rendered in the services of this church would reflect credit upon a musical organization of a much larger place.
     Howard L. Kay was united in marriage with Bessie BICE, who is a daughter of William and Tabitha (Sunderland) BICE. They have two children, viz: Webster BICE and James PhilipMrs. Kay, like her husband, is a talented and accomplished musician.  She has had musical instruction from many of the noted teachers of the country, and her beautiful, sweet, clear soprano voice assists in making the music redered by the Spencerville church choir especially enjoyable.  She be longs to one of the old and honorable families of substance in this part of Ohio, one which has been connected with its material development for many years.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio, Publ. by Richmond & Arnold, Chicago, IL - 1906 - Page 746
  JAMES C. KELLEY, one of Lima's most successful and enterprising merchants, came to Allen County in 1897, and opened his grocery store at No. 790 St. John's avenue, Lima, where he is still located and enjoying a prosperous trade.  He was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1863 and is a son of James Kelley deceased, who is a farmer and in addition to that occupation also worked at coopering.
     Our subject was born, reared and educated in the county, and engaged in farm work until 1893, when he located in Mowrytown, where for three or four years he conducted a furniture store.  Leaving that town, he came to Lima and established his present business.  He has secured not only an excellent patronage, but the warm friendship and esteem of those with whom he has been associated, both in business and social circles.
     Mr. Kelley was married in 1885 to Frances E. Fenwick, by whom he has three children, namely:  Bert L., a student in Lima College; Hattie and Marie.  Mr. Kelley is a member and an elder of the Main Street Presbyterian Church.  Fraternally he belongs to the Knights of the Maccabees.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio, Publ. by Richmond & Arnold, Chicago, IL - 1906 - Page 433
  GEORGE W. KNITTLE.  Among the well known farmers of German township, none is more deserving of mention than George W. Knittle, whose farm of 80 acres is located in section 17.  He has lived all his life in Allen County.  He was born in Sugar Creek township, Mar. 3, 1856, and is a son of Jacob and Eliza (Hamilton) Knittle, and a grandson of William and Rebecca (Tester) Knittle.  William Knittle came with his wife from Fairfield County, Ohio, to Allen County at a very early day, and here entered 40 acres of land from the government.
     George W. Knittle was reared on his father's farm and has always been an agriculturalist, the greater part of his life having been passed in German township.  On Oct. 21, 1875, he was married to Ida Belle Tester, daughter of Frederick and Sarah Jane (Umpstead) Tester, residents of German township.  Mrs. Knittle was born Feb. 20, 1860 and has had four children, only two of whom are now living.  The record is as follows:  William B., born Apr. 16, 1876, who married Alice Snow, of Elida and is employed in the oil field; Charles Frederick, born May 5, 1879, deceased in infancy; Orla Guy, born Apr. 22, 1889, now a student in the schools of Elida; and Beulah May, born Jan. 19, 1897, who died at the age of seven days.  When Mr. Knittle was married he brought his bride to their present home where they have lived continuously except where they have lived continuously except for a period of six years, three of which were spent in Lima and the remainder of Elida.  Mr. Knittle is a member of the lodge and encampment, I. O. O. F. at Lima.
Source:  History of Allen County, Ohio, Publ. by Richmond & Arnold, Chicago, IL - 1906 - Page 684

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